Parties are part and parcel of teenage social life and help mark the move from childhood to adulthood.
While most parties go off without a hitch, celebrations can go wrong and get out of hand – particularly if the party is unplanned.
If you are hosting a party here are some tips to help to ensure your teenager and their friends have fun but remain safe.
Communication and careful planning are the keys to hosting a successful party. While the internet and social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter are great tools which can be used to spread the word quickly, they can increase the chance of gatecrashers turning up at your home.
Tips to avoid common party pitfalls
- Have a starting and finishing time for parties and decide if some areas of your home are off limits.
- Create a guest, or invitee list, and send personal, written invitations to avoid uninvited people turning up at your home. Consider hiring security guards to deter gatecrashers.
- Lock away valuables and items that could be easily broken.
- Let your neighbours know about the party and provide them with your contact number should they have any concerns.
- Ask older family members or friends to help set up and supervise the party.
- Let the local police know you are hosting a party. You can register your details online through the NSW Police Force My Nite website.
- If alcohol is going to be served do not supply alcohol to people under the age of 18.
- Plan your response to people arriving intoxicated or becoming intoxicated at your party, or bringing along other drugs.
- Have plans in place to deal with underage guests or others who bring alcohol along and attempt to supply them.
Read more tips on the School A to Z website.